Goalkeeper signing an ‘absolute priority’ at Southampton with Sam Johnstone on shortlist
Southampton’s summer window
Southampton would have a fairly active summer window on both the incomings and outgoings front.
The Saints would bring in seven players over the summer, with six of them joining on permanent deals.
Adam Armstrong from Blackburn, Romain Perraud from Stade Brest, Lyanco from Torino, Valentino Livramento from Chelsea, Theo Walcott from Everton and Thierry Small from Everton would all join on permanent deals, whilst Armando Broja made the move to the south coast on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
On the outings front, Southampton would lose some key senior players as Danny Ings and Jannik Vestergaard departed for Aston Villa and Leicester City.
Elsewhere, Angus Gunn, Mario Lemina, Michael Obafemi, Wesley Hoedt and Ryan Bertrand would also depart St Marys’.
Southampton eyeing a keeper
Now, it appears that Southampton are already turning their attention to recuritment in 2022.
According to The Athletic, buying a goalkeeper is viewed behind the scenes as an absolute priority at Southampton.
With Gunn having left for Norwich over the summer, Alex McCarthy and Fraser Forster and are Southampton’s two main keepers.
But with Forster out of contract at the end of next season, it looks as though the Saints will need to dip into the market for another shot-stopper.
And, The Athletic have already named one potential target of Ralph Hasenhuttl and co.
That man is current West Brom star, Sam Johnstone:
Southampton have already drawn up a shortlist of possible targets to fill the void soon to be left by Forster. The Athletic is led to believe West Bromwich Albion’s Sam Johnstone features high up on that list.
Johnstone, like Forester, is in the final year of his deal, meaning Southampton could be set to sign him for free.
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